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Orpheus & Renaud Capuçon Mussorgsky, Prokofiev & Hanna Benn

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center | Prescott, AZ

JAN 18 2023 | 7:00PM
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Concert Duration: 2 hours (includes intermission)

  • Hanna Benn

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    World Premiere, commissioned by Orpheus

  • Prokofiev (arr. Andrei Pushkarev)

    Sonata in F Minor for Violin, Strings and Percussion (Op. 80)
    Renaud Capuçon, violin

  • Mussorgsky (arr. Jannina Norpoth)

    Pictures at an Exhibition

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Orpheus refreshes the memorable images of Pictures at an Exhibition with a new arrangement by Jannina Norpoth that uses incisive ensemble virtuosity to magnify the overlooked details in Mussorgsky’s original piano score. A new piece by rising star Hanna Benn takes its own visual flight of fancy, responding to works by women of color in the MoMA collection. Rendering Prokofiev’s unflinching violin sonata as a raw and vulnerable dialogue with strings and percussion, Renaud Capuçon plays “with a disarming sureness of touch, his silvery tonal purity combining with a tantalizing Gallic restraint.” (The Strad)

A dizzying freedom and vitality of playing … A musician uninhibited, at the top of his art.Le Temps

About the artists

Renaud Capuçon
Violin

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is firmly established internationally as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is known and loved for his poise, depth of tone and virtuosity, and he works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, artists, venues and festivals.

Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, Claudio Abbado invited him to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors including Boulez, Ozawa, Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado.

Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Boston Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His many conductor relationships include Barenboim, Bychkov, Dénève, Dohnanyi, Dudamel, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Gergiev, Haitink, Harding, Long Yu, Paavo Järvi, Nelsons, Nézet-Seguin, Roth, Shani, Ticciati, van Zweden. Upcoming highlights in the 22/23 season include his debut at Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of a tour around the US.

A great commitment to chamber music has led him to collaborations with Argerich, Angelich, Barenboim, Bashmet, Bronfman, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Hagen, Ma, Pires, Trifonov, Yo-Yo Ma and Yuja Wang, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and have taken him, among others, to the Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-enProvence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastián, Stresa, Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Tanglewood festivals. Capuçon has also represented France at some of the world’s most prestigious international events: he has performed with YoYo Ma under the Arc de Triomphe for the official commemoration of Armistice Day inthe presence of more than 80 heads of state and played for world leaders at the G7 Summit in Biarritz.

Capuçon is the Artistic Director of two festivals, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, since 2016, and the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded in 2013. Since 2021, he has also been the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His first set of recordings with the ensemble, released in September 2021, are entirely devoted to the music of Arvo Pärt; recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and two concerti by Chevalier de Saint-Georges are set to follow for release in September 2022.

Capuçon has built an extensive discography. Recent releases with Erato/Warner Classics include a recording of Elgar’s violin concerto and violin sonata with the LSO conducted by Simon Rattle, an album with Guillaume Bellom featuring an extensive range of shorter works arranged for violin and piano, and recordings of works by SaintSaëns performed with Daniel Harding, Bertrand Chamayou, and Edgar Moreau. His album 'Au Cinema', featuring much loved selections from film music, was released to critical acclaim in October 2018.

In 2017, Capuçon founded a new ensemble, the Lausanne Soloists, comprised of current and former students of the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, where he has held a professorship since 2014. He plays the Guarneri del Gesù 'Panette' (1737), which belonged to Isaac Stern. In June 2011, he was appointed 'Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite' and in March 2016 'Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur' by the French Government.

Hanna Benn
Composer

A composer, vocalist, and genre-spanning collaborator, Hanna Benn has been creating music for over a decade. Her multi-disciplinary approach has incorporated dance, opera, and theater — blurring genre and discovering new sonic landscapes in the process.

Her work as a composer has taken her across the globe, from most recently a new spiritual for GRAMMY Award-winning choir The Fisk Jubilee Singers and a premiere at The Perth International Arts Festival, to Antwerp performing with the B.O.X Baroque Orchestra. Past works have been performed by the Northwest Symphony, Saint Helen's String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players, Opus 7, North Corner Chamber Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony.

As a vocalist, Benn produces, writes and performs solo. Her most recent release, DIVIDE, has received critical acclaim from music publications such as Pitchfork, MTV, Stereogum, and XLR8R. Benn has been recognized for her unique and ethereal vocal work which has been described as “devastatingly moving” (The Stranger) and praised for her “unmistakable sense of sanctuary” (Pitchfork).

Composer and Imani Winds member Jeffrey Scott is a native of Queens, NY. He started the French horn at age 14, receiving an anonymous gift scholarship to go to the Brooklyn College Preparatory Division. An even greater gift came from his first teacher, Carolyn Clark, who taught the young Mr. Scott for free during his high school years, giving him the opportunity to study music when resources were not available. He received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan School of Music (studying with David Jolley), and master's degree from SUNY at Stony Brook (studying with William Purvis). During those years Mr. Scott studied with Jerome Ashby, David Jolley, Scott Brubaker and William Purvis. He later continued his horn studies with Scott Brubaker and the late Jerome Ashby.

Mr. Scott's arranging and composing credits are many, and include scoring the off-Broadway production of Becoming Something, The Canada Lee Story, the staged production of Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot!, and many arrangements and original works for solo winds, wind and brass quintet, horn quartet, and jazz ensembles. Mr. Scott's works are published by International Opus and Trevco Music.

Mr. Scott has been on the horn faculty of the music department at Montclair State University (New Jersey) since 2002.

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